On September 27, 2012 President Bowman presented his annual State of the University Address. During the address, President Bowman shared news about the University, as well as plans for the future of the University.
During the address, President Bowman spoke of the LEAPForward Initiative. He said:
This fall, Illinois State embarks on a technological innovation with its LEAPForward project—and we ask for your help in shaping the way the University interacts with students through technology. LEAPForward—by the way—LEAP stands for Lean Enterprise Architecture and Processes— is a five-year initiative to replace our academic IT infrastructure used for such things as admissions, financial aid, grade reporting, student billing and records, as well a host of other applications.
The LEAPForward team is seeking the input of students, faculty, staff members and others who regularly interact with student-related information systems on campus. I hope that you will play an active part in this innovative process by participating in focus groups this semester. The input from those sessions and from our surveys of campus constituencies will help drive the redesign of our current student information systems.
It was great opportunity for more community members to learn of the LEAPForward Initiative, and President Bowman’s push for involvement will help the Initiative substantially. If you would like to get involved, please visit our website or Facebook page.
Be sure to stop by and see us next Thursday, October 18th, and the 6th Annual Pig-Out with the President Program on the Quad!